NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A New Haven man is in custody after an armed robbery in Hamden and police pursuit that ended near the Route 40 connector in North Haven, police said.
According to police, Lincoln Liquors on State Street in Hamden was robbed by a man with a gun just after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Hamden police then received a report that a man fitting the suspect’s description fled from the scene in a Black Nissan Altima.
Hamden police began a search for the suspect’s vehicle and spotted it traveling on Whitney Avenue on Glendower Street. Police said the Nissan Altima was then seen entering the Wilbur Cross Parkway (RT 15) traveling northbound.
Officers then briefly lost sight of the Altima just before Hamden police spotted it on State Street in North Haven. Officers attempted to stop the car, but the driver of the Nissan Altima rammed his car into a police cruiser, eluding officers.
According to police, the armed robbery suspect then drove on Interstate 91 in the wrong direction.
Police said the Nissan Altima crossed the center median and began going eastbound in the westbound lanes toward the I-91 exchange. Officers were forced to discontinue their attempt to stop the Nissan Altima.
Police said the pursuit came to an end after the Nissan Altima struck multiple vehicles and came to a stop in a grassy area near the Route 40 connector in North Haven.
Video shows armed officers surrounding the black car after it crashed.
The suspect then refused to exit the Nissan Altima. Officers from the Hamden, North Haven and state police departments attempted to get the suspect to surrender.
After several minutes, state police were able to negotiate with the suspect until he surrendered and exited the vehicle.
Hamden police then took the suspect into custody.
Police said the robbery suspect was identified as James M. Haggerty, 64, who was last known to reside on Howard Avenue in New Haven.
Haggerty was charged with the following offenses: first-degree robbery, carrying a dangerous weapon, weapon in a motor vehicle, first-degree reckless endangerment and engaging police in a pursuit in addition to multiple motor vehicle charges.
Police said Haggerty is being held on a $200,000 bond and is scheduled to appear at Meriden Superior Court.
No additional information was immediately available.
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